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Coronavirus Triggers Home Farming Boom

Farm supply stores say they're seeing an uptick in people shopping for chickens and gardening supplies, hoping to grow their own food as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 3:29 PM

SYKESVILLE, Md. (WBAL) — While the coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult on farmers around the country, it has also caused a new boom of urban and small farmers who are looking for different ways to put food on the table.

According to feed stores, an increasing number of people are buying seed for their gardens to plant vegetables and they're looking to raise chickens.

"This is the time to be planting potatoes, so we've had a lot of people that expressed an interest in that and haven't done that in the past, as well as vegetable seed," says Mickey Day, general manager of Farm and Home Service in Sykesville, Maryland.

Day said he has seen all kinds of new faces lately, people who are looking for everything from vegetable seed to chickens to lay eggs.

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